New AACP Policy related to structural racism, healthcare equity, and pharmacy education

On July 16, 2020, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) House of Delegates passed two policies related to structural racism, healthcare equity, and pharmacy education.

The members of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy support the Association’s commitment to “…fostering an inclusive community” and “…affirming our commitment to racial equality, equity and justice”; and that as educators, researchers, and healthcare professionals, members of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, justice and anti-racism; and will seek opportunities to eradicate structural and systemic racism to address social determinants of health, diminish health disparities, and promote racial equity.

The bolded section is new policy added to AACP’s existing policy.

AACP supports the integration within core curriculum and programs regarding the historical and current impact of structural and systemic racism and cultural biases on health care disparities, including strategies to promote health equity and delivery of culturally competent care.